This is Day 28 of my challenge to get a 6 pack.
I haven’t lost any weight!
4 weeks ago I started the most recent phase of my one meal a day diet with the intention of losing enough fat to reveal a flat stomach.
I started at 173lbs and I weighed myself for the first time today and I’m still 173lbs.
That was my first reaction and my second reaction was to go a hit a plate of bacon and eggs for breakfast.
I figured that if I’m not losing weight I might as well pig-out.
I didn’t though.
Why haven’t I lost any weight?
Why haven’t I lost even 1 pound?
The last time I spent a month on this diet was over Christmas and New Year and even with all the sneaky extra eating and cheating I still lost 9lbs.
Here are a few of the thoughts that have crossed my mind:
- I’m eating too much at my main meal creating only a marginal caloric deficit.
- My cheat days are wiping out my progress for the entire week (this could be true – I’m not too careful what I eat or when I eat it… and last weekend I forced myself to have a cheat day, even though I didn’t want it!)
- I’ve plateaued – my body has got used to the new way of eating and the regular walking routine and needs to be shocked out of it.
- I’ve reached the point of diminishing returns – my sub-optimal diet got me 80% of the way but that’s the best it can do. Maybe I finally need to pay more attention to my nutrition? And I’d be OK about that.
- I’ve put on muscle – I doubt it. I deliberately haven’t been training because it would taint the results of this part of the weight loss experiment. I’ve done a few push-ups here and there, but unless I have the physiology and genetic potential of a gorilla, it’s unlikely that I’ve gained muscle.
- The scale is broken – It could be. It’s a digital scale but it’s not a precision instrument.
- My weight at the start of the challenge was incorrect. – The weight I used for the start of the challenge was not an average taken of several days, it was a single reading taken on one day – and as I’ve discovered, the scale lies.
- I’m constipated – This could be be the reason – I think it’s fair to say I’ve been a bit bunged up lately.
- I haven’t lost any weight because I haven’t lost any fat!
I don’t want to mess with the diet too much. I can see the evidence that it’s working with my own eyes and as a lifestyle choice it’s pretty good.
But one of the very best things about what I’ve been doing is it is super low maintenance.
- Other than eating one meal a day I haven’t had to worry about any other aspect. Event he walking takes care of itself because I have to walk the dogs twice a day.
- I haven’t weighed any food, I haven’t counted any calories, I haven’t had to prepare any special ingredients or supplements.
- I haven’t spent hours in the gym and I haven’t had to run a marathon every week.
- I haven’t read endless weight loss forums. I haven’t kept detailed food diaries.
- I haven’t weighed myself other than to post updates on this site.
- I haven’t had the myotape out in months… I really couldn’t tell you what my waist size is. Perhaps I should check just for fun?
- I’ve led a very normal life in every respect other than eating only one main meal – and I’ve barely had to think about my diet other than to document this process (which I think is pretty cool).
On the downside, I have had to accept that my progress has been slower than it might otherwise have been.
I also accept that there are better ways to lose weight and quicker ways to lose weight (but I’m deliberately ignoring them).
The fact is, I have definitely lost fat – it’s just that I haven’t lost weight – there’s a distinction to be made between the two.
Part of me wants to panic and start tinkering endlessly with my diet – but I’m going to ignore that voice for a while longer and see what happens.
I estimated it would take me six weeks to get flat abs and I still have another two weeks left.
I’ve come this far, I may as well continue and see where it takes me.
If over the next two weeks I see no significant improvement I’ll reassess.
This is me today 28 February 2012
This is me a the start of the challenge
And as I was at 205 pounds
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